Who We Are

      95+ Graduate Programs including 55 Master's degrees, 26 Doctoral degrees, and 18 Graduate Certificates   494 full-time faculty; 8,000 students

At GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning. Because of the college’s enviable location in the heart of the nation’s capital, active engagement begins in the classroom and continues within the halls of government, the galleries of museums, the laboratories of NIH, NASA, and DOE, the embassies of international diplomats, and the backrooms of the Smithsonian and other venerable institutions.

The college is the intellectual and creative backbone of the university, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. As a leader among the nation’s liberal arts institutions because of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspectives, analyses, and communication, undergraduate students are equipped with the competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens of the 21st Century. At the professional and doctoral level, graduate students partner with a faculty of scholars that include Fulbright recipients, award-winning choreographers, published researchers, and critically acclaimed authors to advance a spectrum of research on topics ranging from controlling greenhouse gas emissions to delving into autism’s causes, prevalence, and treatment.

The success of our efforts across the College’s 42 academic departments and 27 research centers is best reflected through the accomplishments of our alumni, including U.S. Senator and former Virginia Governor John Warner, international film actress Kerry Washington, and CEO and President of Tufts Medical Center Ellen Zane. Our people, our scope, and our location make  Columbian College the “go to” place for learning and discovery in Washington, D.C., and the world beyond. 

Discover Columbian

Watch our video to learn how Columbian College prepares students to be engaged members of the global environment through what we call the engaged liberal arts.